Kindergarten is a big milestone no matter if children are homeschooled, public schoolers, or private schoolers. I will have two kids going into kindergarten next year. My oldest Connor has autism and my other little guy, AJ is in constant hyperactive mode. Getting Connor and AJ ready for kindergarten next year has proven to be no small task.
The evolution of Kindergarten over the years
Over the years, I have heard my family and friends talk about how much kindergarten has changed over the years. I’m starting to see that first hand now. Apparently, nap time in kindergarten is a thing of the past. Today’s standards for kindergarteners are higher than the standards when I was in kindergarten. Does anyone else feel that way?
As a mommy of two little boys who struggle academically, that scares me a little bit.
What I’m doing to help my boys?
I want my boys ready to conquer the world of learning. In an effort to help my boys get caught up I do what I call “homeschool lessons” at home after the boys get home from half-a-day preschool.
How I handle the lesson plans
To plan the at-home lessons I follow the interest of my children. So for example, Connor has a lot of interest in the beach lately so I use that in lessons. Today for math we counted seashells. For fun, we even made our own island out of blankets. I also use whatever show the boys happen to be focused on that day. My boys love Octonauts so I used that in my dialogue while teaching today.
Every day we do activities in wipe-off learning books, tracing pages, and read a lot of books. I typically use games as rewards for doing school work and chores. My boys thrive during learning time with background noise so while we do lessons we listen to music usually on Pandora or off a Seeds Family Worship CD.
What the Lessons Do
- The lessons give my boys extra academic teaching to help prepare them for what is to come
- The lessons give me a preview of what day to day life would be like should we choose to homeschool our children.
Materials I Recommend
We use wipe-off books to help cover many different subjects.
I use tracing pages to work on handwriting skills.
We read a lot of books. I mean A LOT.
Seeds Family Worship
We use Seeds Family Worship to work on scripture memorizing with our kiddos. It works well for any kiddo who loves music.
Dry Erase Boards
Dry Erase Board and Markers are wonderful to help kids learn.
We play games that encourage fun, learning, and life skills.
A Family Decision
The choice of how to educate children is a very important decision that each parent has to make at some point. Each option has pros and cons. Every family is different. What works for one family will not work for another. Nobody knows your child better than you so nobody else is more qualified to decide how to educate your child. Be encouraged. Do not be swayed by those around you trying to persuade you one way or the other. Do what you feel is right for your family.
My husband and I are committed to our children and their education. As of right now, we plan to let our boys finish preschool in the public school system. We are praying for clarity for which direction God wants us to go after the boys complete preschool. How did you decide?
How did you get your children ready for kindergarten?